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Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace - Latin arts festival
heats up Harbourfront Centre (November 9 to November 11, 2007)

This dynamic celebration of Latin American social activism, arts and culture has free events for all ages and ticketed events featuring profile Toronto Latin music artists. A spectacular ticketed festival finale concert celebrates Chilean music legends Quilapayun in an extremely rare live performance. The festival, founded in 2003, commemorated the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Chile that ended Allende's life and began his legacy. The festival has now coalesced into a gathering place for Latin artists of many disciplines to present Canadian audiences with the rich diversity of Latin American arts and culture.

The festival includes many family oriented events on November 10 and 11 including Mexican children’s rock band Los Patita de Perro, two childrens' book launches, six art workshops and a performance of Little Big Frog by Rob Faust of Toronto's FaustWork Mask Theatre. Adult activities include the Toronto premiere of the one woman play He®Evolution by New York City actor/writer Julia Ahumada Grob, three provocative documentaries and two ticketed night time music performances with groups like Sambito and Son Aché as well as Marcelo Puente and Friends, Santerias World Music and Diego Marulanda.

Weekend long free events suitable for all ages include capoeira workshops and demonstrations and two visual arts exhibitions - one a display of Peruvian Arpilleras quilts from Councilman Joe Mihevc's personal collection and the other a community inspired Ven Seremos museographic exhibit documenting the history of Chilean migration and settlement in Canada. An ongoing giant chess game and food by El Trompo Restaurant (Mexican) and Andina Bakery (Chilean) round out the activities on this very busy weekend. All Salvador Allende Arts Festival for Peace events are located at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto). For information or to purchase tickets forQuilapayun the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Complete Festival Event Listings Below:

Dance/Martial Arts:

First Capoeira Inter-Group Encontro of Toronto
This ritualistic and playful art form is simultaneously dance and martial art. Capoeira is characterized by joyful energy mixed with songs, instruments and movements from African roots and Indigenous, European and Middle Eastern influences. This rich art form has developed into a multitude of forms around the world. The Salvador Allende Festival presents the first time that many of Toronto's Capoeira groups have come together for workshops and in performance.

November 10 - Capoeira Workshops (use loose clothing)
90 minutes each (Lakeside Terrace)
12 p.m./noon - Capoeira for Women Workshop by Professor Lang Liu, Nucleo de Capoeira Iuna.
2 p.m.- Capoeira Angola Workshop by Professor Boca, Grupo de Capoeira Sementes de Jogo de Angola.
4 p.m. - Capoeira Regional Workshop (music and lyrical focus) by Professor Kmelo, Grupo Uniao na Capoeira.

November 11 - Capoeira Workshops (use loose clothing - Lakeside Terrace)
1 p.m. - Capoeira Music Workshop by Mestre Januario Passos da Silva – Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (90 minutes)
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. - Capoeira Roda (or circle) stands for a globe in which people enter and exit, exchanging knowledge, pain, joy and malicia. The Roda is perfect for appreciating the subtle differences and the common elements of this passionate art form that brings dance, fight, music, singing and ritual together.

Family Events - Saturday November 10
Presented in partnership with Colectivo Colibri
(All events are recommended for children 6 to 12 years)

Little Big Frog by Rob Faust of FaustWork Mask Theatre (Studio Theatre - 2 p.m.)
Little Big Frog is a fractured fairy tale and a morality play, about tolerance for our differences and the need for self-acceptance. Both animal and human learn to be happy inside their own skin. Main characters are Little Big Frog, his human friend Bud, and the benevolent and funky Fairy Frog Mother. As the story unfolds, we learn Little Big Frog has been “kissed with a kiss that nearly missed” and instead of turning into the Prince he yearns to be, he has simply become a really big frog. Bud is the inadvertent recipient of Fairy Frog Mother’s rusty magical powers, and he learns what it feels to be an ant, a bug, a coyote and more. When the princess fails to give the kiss that makes Little Big Frog happy, he realizes his little life in the small pond is not so bad after all. Faustwork has performed at The Sydney Opera House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and at festivals, schools and theatres throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.(

Pooch Tales / Cuentos Pulgosos (Spanish)
Brigantine Room (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Tales for Children by Mexican author Nacho Pata. Book launch and readings by the author.

I Believe I am Magic / Creo que soy Mágico (Spanish/English)
Brigantine Room (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Poetry for children by Mexican author Lety Ricardez (illustrated by Marina Sabato)
Book launch and reading by Toronto actor/playwright Rosa Laborde

Los Patita de Perro (Mexico)
Brigantine Room (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Famous in Latin America, this children's band from Puebla Mexico has the ability to move both children and adults. Pata-Nacho, Pancho and Charlie serve up a hard rocking hour of head nodding, arm waving, aisle dancing fun. But there’s more to these muchachos that meets the ojo. The Patas use their music to educate children about social responsibility, self respect, personal hygiene, preserving Mexican traditions, and the importance of protecting the environment.

Family Events - Sunday November 11
Miss Lou’s Room - Series of four art workshops at 12 p.m./noon and 2 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Colectivo Colibri
(All events are recommended for children 6 to 12 years)

Making a Codex (accordion fold-out book)
Children will make a codex out of paper based on Aztec codices. Children will review pictures of codices done by the Aztecs. Samples of the first codices, such as amate (bark) paper will be exhibited. They will create codices using cartridge or Mayfair paper. The children will choose a theme of their interests, such as family history, animals, friends, favourite things etc. They will use tempera paint, coloured pencils and rubber stamps to create fill the pages of their own codex.

A Day in Mexico
Participants in this workshop will visit the landscapes of the daily life of a Mexican child through the tools of mime theatre offers. Abstracting structured language, children of all cultural origins can participate in the activities. This form of theatre consists of representing the life through corporal movement. The mime must be able to communicate his thoughts and his inner life without the aid of language. The imagination takes centre stage as it can cross the limits of real life. The mime becomes an instrument so that the body can represent something more than itself. With the aid of music and images, we will explore the landscapes of Mexico, where the children will take the form of the characters and the animals that we will find along the way. The primary goal is to find other ways of expression, which can jump over the barriers of language to find what we all have in common. Hopefully we will instill curiosity and push them to discover the world around them.

3-D Fantastic Monster
Children will construct a 3-D fantastic monster using recycled materials. They will begin by creating 3 sketches of monsters using their imagination. They will then choose one of their favourite sketches and create the monster. Materials such as seeds and feathers will be utilized, as well as used fabrics.

Rhythmic by Nature Group Drumming Workshop
This workshop is an interactive, multi-sensory, body-based experience through group drumming that will harness each child’s creativity and individuality in a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, express and expand their own natural rhythms while contributing to the group song and be introduced to a wide variety of hand drums and percussion instruments from around the world. Emphasis is placed on the process of group music-making rather than on a final product, no previous musical experience is necessary to participate, and all instruments are provided by the facilitator.

Films (Presented in partnership with E-Fagia):

Ciudad Juarez (Director Alex Flores)
November 9 (Studio Theatre - 8:30 p.m.)
Ciudad Juarez is a feature length documentary that shows the theories found by family members of the victims, forensics, journalists, artists and activists in Mexico. Questioning why the federal government hasn’t intensified its interest to thoroughly investigate the brutal murders of over 460 women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Ciudad Juarez exposes the high levels of corruption and violence in Mexico, which have led to increasing violence and murders against women.

Besieged Land (65 min. – PG13)
Directed by Maria Teresa Larrain, (Canada/Chile)
November 11 (Studio Theatre - 1 p.m.)
Besieged Land focuses on the protests and subsequent trial of Mapuche Indian Chief Pascual Pichun, and explores the conflict over land rights between the Mapuche Indians (Chile’s Indigenous people), present-day landowners, and the Canadian forestry company MINICO. Q&A with director after screening

Pascua Lama: A contemporary quest for El Dorado (Español/English, 60 min. – PG13)
Directed by Carolina Loyola-Garcia (Chile/USA).
November 11 (Studio Theatre - 4 p.m.)
This documentary explores the impact that Canadian company Barrick-Gold’s project is having in the environment and local communities affected by the project of Pascua Lama in the Atacama Dessert Region of Northern Chile. Q&A with director after screening.


He®Evolution by Julia Ahumada Grob - Toronto Premiere
Saturday November 10 (Studio Theatre - 8 p.m.)
He(R)evolution is a one woman biographical show that examines the struggles of a young woman as she works to understand her identity, both personal and political. Raised by her American mother, the playwright searches to understand her roots, especially her relationship to Chile and her Chilean father. The actress portrays six characters in her show, including her own mother, father, a Chilean woman and political activist, a comical "Gringo" solidarity worker her namesake, Julia, friend of author Lilian Hellman’s and subject of the short story “Julia,” and finally herself. Ultimately the show explores themes of political activism, womanhood, and fate, as the playwright/performer places herself in an honored tradition of female revolutionaries living a radical, life-centered vision of activism.

Visual Arts Exhibitions:

Ven Seremos - An exhibit of the Solidaridad Museum
Hours: November 9 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.), November 10 (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and November 11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) - Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Ven Seremos is a community museographic exhibit of recent artifacts, documents and images (photographs, posters) that convey the history of the Chilean migration to Canada (starting in the 1970s). The personal stories of community members focus on their settlement and their contributions to Canada.

Recycled Captions (an exhibit of Peruvian Arpilleras quilt art)
Hours: November 9 (6 p.m. - 11 p.m.), November 10 (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and November 11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) - Miss Lou's Room
In several Latin American countries Arpilleras are much more than quilts; they are a popular art form for denouncing or expressing the stories and dreams of the marginalized. The Salvador Allende Arts Festival is happy to be able to exhibit a series of Arpilleras from Councillor Joe Mihevc’s personal collection.

Visual Arts Workshops:

Arpillera art workshops (Miss Lou's Room)
November 9 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.), November 10 and November 11 (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. )
Cecilia Salazar provides historical background and hands-on workshop on production of Arpillera in Chile during the military dictatorship 1973-1990.

Thinking through a Latin American Art Curatorial Proposal
November 10 (2 p.m. - Miss Lou's Room)
Writer, cultural historian and Curatorial Practice Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Dot Tuer, discusses curatorial practices within the Toronto Latin American community with curators and visual artists. Topics such as identity politics, post-colonial theory, race & ethnicity, popular culture and immigration/migration emphasize the need for critical artistic and cultural discourse. Invited curators include: Ulysses Castellanos, Hugo Ares and Tamara Toledo.

The Solidaridad Museum’s Guided Tour & Activity for Children
November 10 - Ages 6 to 8 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.); Ages: 9 and up (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) - Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Children receive a guided tour of the Ven Seremos exhibit by teachers of the Escuela Pioneros por la Paz in Toronto. Following the tour they have an opportunity to engage ideas concerning civic participation, democracy, social justice and human rights and express their thoughts through a creative artistic activity.

The Solidaridad Museum’s Community Forum
November 10 - Miss Lou's Room (5 p.m.)
Various Chilean community Toronto organizations reflect on their work in relation to the legacy of Salvador Allende
and talk about their projects to commemorate his one hundredth birthday on July 26, 2008.

The Solidaridad Museum’s Guided Tour & Activity for Children
November 11 - Ages 12 and up (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) - Marilyn Brewer Community Space
Youth receive a guided tour of the Ven Seremos exhibit by teachers of the Escuela Pioneros por la Paz in Toronto. Following the tour they have an opportunity to engage ideas concerning civic participation, democracy, social justice and human rights and express their thoughts through a creative artistic activity. Participating youth will also receive a free cartoon-booklet on political history of Chile.

Other Events:

Giant Chess Game (meeting room)
(Presented in partnership with Chess’n Math Association)
Friday - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (not including Tree of Life)
Saturday- 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (including Tree of Life)
Sunday- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (including Tree of Life)

Ticketed Music Events:

La Peña Latinoamericana
Friday November 9 - 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Brigantine Room - $6)
A night of popular Latin American music. Santerias World Music brings a innovative mix of Latin American, Spanish and Arab influences into a contemporary repertoire while Marcelo Puente and Friends revive Chile's “Canto Popular” and Diego Marulanda delights with Columbian party sounds!

Noche de Percusión
Saturday November 10 - 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Brigantine Room - $6)
Noche de Percusión celebrates the Arabic and North African influence in Latin American music through percussion showcases by Sambito and Son Aché. Afro-Peruvian folklore is explored in dance and song by Sambito while Toronto's Son Aché entice and entertain with Cuba’s elegant rhythms.

Quilapayun in Concert
Sunday November 11 - 7 p.m. (Enwave Theatre - $45)
Quilapayún is an instrumental and vocal folk music group from Chile who are the longest lasting and most influential exponents of the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Song) movement and who are also known for their close working relationship with Victor Jara. Formed in Chile in the mid-1960s, the group became inseparable with the revolution that occurred in the popular music of the country under the Popular Unity Government of Salvador Allende, so much so that some of the members went into exile in France after the military coup in 1973. The group then split into two factions with both producing albums and touring. This Quilapayun group performing in Toronto is the Chile-based group which reunited in 2003. It includes many original members and their sons - Eduardo Carrasco, Rubén Escudero, Ricardo Venegas, Guillermo García, Ismael Oddó (son of Guillermo "Willy" Oddó), Hugo Lagos, Hernán Gómez, Carlos Quezada and Sebastián Quezada (son of Carlos). This performance makes the first time in 30 years that Quilapayun have performed in Toronto. More info at

Harbourfront Centre is located 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto.

For information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

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